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May 2014 News Releases

Washburn University and Heartland Visioning partner to expand opportunity at June 11 unconference on poverty

Washburn University and Heartland Visioning are excited to announce a partnership that will allow two people to register for the cost of one registration to participate in a day-long conversation on poverty alleviation in our community.

The inaugural Topeka Community Conversation on Poverty will take place June 11 at the Washburn University Memorial Union. Register online at washburn.edu/tccop. Lunch is included in the cost of registration.

 “Heartland Visioning is excited to be a part of the Topeka Community Conversation on Poverty,” said John Hunter, executive director of Heartland Visioning. “This is a reflection of our mission, which focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone in our community.”

Heartland Visioning will provide one scholarship for every one person who registers for the event. The offer extends to those who already have registered as well.  

Organized by the AmeriCorps VISTA office at the Washburn University Center for Community and Civic Engagement and community volunteers, the day-long event aims to bring together everyone in the Topeka area with an interest in poverty alleviation.

Following the Unconference model, participants on June 11 will set the agenda and lead discussion based on what matters most to them. The event will begin at 8 a.m. in the Washburn University Memorial Union.

“It is time for those of us in Topeka who are concerned about the level of poverty here to get together and talk,” said Judy Nickelson, VISTA coordinator and lead organizer of the TCCOP. “We hope to provide an opportunity for Topekans to make connections and build collaborations around poverty issues, to discuss what is working and what isn’t, to talk about their dreams and visions for the Topeka community.”

This open invitation event will engage Topekans in conversations about their experience of poverty in Topeka, including food access, housing, healthcare, education, employment, civil rights, criminal justice, the role of the faith community, funding, policy issues and more. Through small group work and whole group collaboration, challenges will be identified and solutions developed. 

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Contact:
Judy Nickelson, Washburn University VISTA coordinator and TCCOP lead organizer, 785.670.2286
Michaela Saunders, Washburn University Office of University Relations, 785.670.2154
Emma Starkey, Heartland Visioning communications coordinator, 785.231.6006

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